Saturday, November 16, 2013

The last little while.

I was all ready to blog, and as fate would have it, the wireless in our home decided to stop working! We were so busy, that it took about 2 weeks before we had someone from the cable company come take a look at it. Even then, the man couldn't even figure out what was wrong with it! Miraculously, it began working again and it seems to be good as new.

Anyways! It has been so busy around here! Don is in the thick of his school work, just finished up midterms and heading straight into papers. The finals will be here before we know it. I'm starting a new position at work tomorrow and I'm equal parts excited and nervous! We've been able to sneak in some outdoor time, and even snuck away to Seattle this past weekend with my dad who is home visiting. One of my favourite mornings, we woke up and had a hearty breakfast, walked up to Capitol Hill and spent the afternoon browsing the Elliot Bay Book Company, sipping coffee and kombucha at Odd Fellows Cafe and dream browsing at Totokaelo before heading home. We also found a goldmine of used bookstores in Mount Vernon as well as a hippy co-op grocery store, where I happily looked around. Next time, I think I'll try the ice cream there!



Friday, October 11, 2013

Almond & Peanut Butter Cookies

On the weekends, I usually spend the first day keeping house. Part of that routine means that I try and at least cook a few things to have on hand for the rest of the working week. It makes life run a lot smoother the rest of the week, when you're running out the door and don't have time to make a lunch! Or when I'm too tired to cook after work! Today is no exception, and I decided I wanted to make a sweet treat that was a bit healthier than the multitude of other goodies that are available out there. I also didn't want to get groceries, so it had to be simple. After some quick researching on TasteSpotting, I came across these flourless almond butter cookies*! Am I ever glad I made these! They are the perfect autumn-time cookie! They are soft and slightly chewy, as a good cookie should be and couldn't be easier to make. The only problem is that I'm not sure they will last very long!

*I made mine with slight adaptations based on what I had. I used half maple syrup/half honey & put in 2/3 almond butter and 1/3 peanut butter.

Friday, October 4, 2013

FALL COMFORTS

FALL COMFORTS


Basically, all I really want to do is cuddle up at home on my days off! Especially, on super dreary days. Put on a comfortable dress like that one from Ace & Jig , light a nice campfire candle, put the kettle on for a nice relaxing herbal tea (I've been digging just straight lavender or chamomile) and of course some fun long socks, and a warm blanket while I'm browsing through Netflix for all the cheesy movies! Then, if I have to go anywhere, I'll bring out my trusty rain-boots. We've been lucky to a few scattered days here and there that aren't too wet, and I hope to get to our local pumpkin patch and apple orchard soon! So many cozy days ahead!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

HELLO, AGAIN!

It's been sometime since I've written anything here, but perhaps the return of the rain in the PNW, is my cue to come back. The past 6 months have been exceedingly enjoyable, as my husband got his permanent residency and moved to Canada! This summer was one of the best in my memory. Sunny days and blues skies that went on, without a care. We explored a lot of nature paths by our home, had his mom and her boyfriend come visit, took 2 tiny weekend trips and just spent a ton of time outside. The sun sure felt gooooood! Autumnal moods are taking up space rapidly, and I am excited to see what fun things we can find to do. Farewell, Summer!

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Good Mail Week

Some holiday cheer in my mailbox this week! I first heard about Wilder Quarterly from my friend Darcy and when she picked up a copy this past summer on our Portland adventures, I was able to peek through it a bit. I've been going through it slowly, savouring the words and find that it's quite stimulating. Another package arrived from a dear friend in Hong Kong with some goodies, including these adorable earl grey macaron face masks. Can they get any cuter? These are the treats that have been making working in retail during the holidays a bit more bearable!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

this weekend

Vancouver is keeping true to it's nature, and we have seriously gotten an abundance of rain. It's the last day of my weekend and keeping in tune with one of my constant goals (to save money) I try and prep food for the next few work days. Elaina's post on carrot cake made me crave it, and I decided to try my hand at making it from scratch. For some reason, I always buy carrot cake and even have made it from the box a few times over the years, but never attempted to make it from scratch. To my surprise, was super delicious! I just adapted a simple recipe from All Recipes. I cut down the sugar, added tidbits of pineapple, threw in some coconut flakes, walnuts + extra spices, and used part whole wheat flour. I think that it could have used some yogurt or apple sauce because I would have liked it to be a teeny bit more moist. Oh, and I decided to omit the frosting all together because I find even with reducing the sugar in most recipes, they are still almost too sweet.




Carrot Cake - adapted version

- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 3 cups of grated carrot
- 1/2 cup of oil
- 1 ½ cup of all purpose flour
- ¾ cup of pineapple (either crushed already or chopped up fine)
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg, clove, & salt
- handful of roughly chopped walnuts & organic coconut flakes ( I probably would have used pecans, but I didn't have any on hand)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients together (do not overmix). I baked mine in a loaf pan for around 40mins, until a toothpick came out completely clean. Let cool, and devour!  I might try and grate some lime zest in next time too. Maybe 

PS: This has been the perfect music to listen to while baking and knitting in pj's.
PPS: I am so thankful that the worst my family had to deal with was downed trees in PA, but know that others weren't so unfortunate.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wishlist


I just put together a little something of unnecessary items that have been on my mind lately. A wish-list of sorts! Even though I'm definitely paring down on things I own this year, it never hurts to do some wishful thinking!

1. a subscription to The Gentlewoman - I have heard so much good stuff about this magazine, but haven't had much luck locating it near my house!

2. small leather Baggu pouch - Lately a little pouch is all I take with me when I'm on my break at work, and this one is both stylish and functional.

3. Diptyque candles - What girl doesn't want a Parisian candle, especially one that smells like roses? Yes, please!

4. Odette arrow bracelet - I like the simplicity of this cuff style bracelet but it's unique enough when you investigate a bit more closely.

5. Object and Totem vessel - Always gravitating towards handmade ceramics.

6. a cozy sweater - the one in the picture is from Acne - but I think another trip to the local thrift shops are in order. Last time I went I found the most perfect hand-painted recipe box and a basket to house all of my wool.